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  • 18th January 2012

    LA to require condoms at porn shoots 89

    Gay and straight performers will need to wear condoms in LA

    1:20 PM — The Los Angeles City Council voted yesterday to introduce a rule that condoms must be worn during pornographic video shoots in the city. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the largest AIDS organisation in the world, had been fighting a battle in Los Angeles for the new regulation.

  • University records 5% gay applicants 3

    Elmhurst is a liberal arts college (Photo: Flickr user Discover DuPage)

    12:23 PM — A university in the US state of Illinois has said 5% of student hopefuls voluntarily noted they were gay, bi or trans on admission forms. Elmhurst College, based outside Chicago was the first university in the country to ask prospective students the question.

  • US bishops: Protect straight couples’ sacrifices with marriage 85

    The Archbishop of Seattle is opposed (Photo: Flickr user dherra_96)

    10:44 AM — Four Catholic bishops have said Washington state's "special" marriage laws should remain unchanged to protect the "unique sacrifices" of straight couples who have children.

  • 17th January 2012

    Video: Gay documentary plea goes viral 11

    Second Class Citizens

    4:36 PM — A video of key moments in the US' gay rights movement has become a viral hit. The montage of clips is a plea by film-maker Ryan James Yezak for funding to make a documentary on discrimination in America.

  • US comedian Todd Glass comes out 10

    Glass' decision was prompted by the recent swathe of teen suicides (Photo: Youtube/toddglasscomedy)

    11:38 AM — US comedian Todd Glass has come out, after 25 years in the business. The comedian talked about being told of other people's supposed homosexuality when people thought he was straight.

  • US teen ‘killed himself weeks after It Gets Better video’ 15

    EricJames Borges died earlier this month (Photo: Youtube)

    10:13 AM — A Trevor Project teen volunteer has reportedly committed suicide weeks after filming an It Gets Better video. Just a month after participating in the video project, the teenager was reported to have committed suicide, shocking close friends and supporters.

  • 16th January 2012

    US cross-dressing sitcom cancelled after two espiodes 5

    The network's entertainment president said he "didn't get" the complaints

    3:47 PM — US television network ABC has axed its new sitcom 'Work It', about a pair of cross-dressing men looking for work, after only two episodes, but its entertainment president said it could be compared with Tootsie.

  • George Clooney: Romney’s gay views on ‘wrong side of history’ 9

    Clooney is set to star in a production of Dustin Lance Black's Proposition 8 play

    2:46 PM — George Clooney doubted Mitt Romney as a presidential candidate over his attitude towards gay rights. Clooney, well known for his liberal attitude, spoke about Romney’s anti-marriage equality stance shortly after picking up a Golden Globe.

  • Canada to fill ‘gap’ on gay marriage 10

    The Justice Minister said the government was not "reopening the debate"

    11:50 AM — The Canadian Justice Minister has reassured thousands of gay couples who have married in his country that their unions will be recognised there, but admitted there is a "legislative gap" in the rules on foreign nationals' marriages.

  • Christopher Plummer wins Golden Globe for gay dad role 6

    Plummer took home the award last night

    9:48 AM — Christopher Plummer's performance as a gay father in the film Beginners has won him a Golden Globe Award for best supporting actor in a motion picture. Plummer is often remembered for his role as Captain von Trapp, head of the von Trapp family in the 1965 musical The Sound of Music, in which he played a slightly more reserved widower.

  • 13th January 2012

    Legal groups: Canada’s overseas gay marriages are safe 9

    Groups point out that the argument has not yet been heard by a court

    11:44 AM — Gay advocacy groups have responded to a statement by a government lawyer yesterday which called into question the validity of thousands of gay marriages between foreign nationals on Canadian soil.

  • Full court martial recommended for gay Wikileaks soldier 17

    Manning was arrested and has been in custody since 2010

    11:17 AM — Bradley Manning, the gay soldier at the centre of a storm over leaked military information, has been recommended for a full court martial following a pre-trial hearing over Christmas. Officials at Fort Meade, Maryland said there was sufficient evidence to proceed to a military jury.

  • 12th January 2012

    Tel Aviv ‘best gay city destination’ of 2011 49

    Tel Aviv pride events are generally more peaceful than in Jerusalem (Photo: Guy Yitzhaki)

    3:43 PM — The city of Tel Aviv in Israel was dubbed the best gay travel destination of last year but the poll has caused concerns to resurface over alleged human rights "pinkwashing".

  • Gay military group’s Facebook page back after fear it ‘infringed own rights’

    OutServe was reinstated earlier today

    3:14 PM — The Facebook page of the US military's gay support group OutServe has been briefly suspended and reinstated after a user claimed it was infringing its own rights.

  • Up to 5,000 Canadian gay marriages ‘may not be valid’ 59

    A federal lawyer said marriages needed to be valid in the couple's home countries

    1:33 PM — A lawyer for the Canadian government has said thousands of marriages between overseas gay couples which have taken place in the country since 2004 may not all be valid under domestic law.

  • Pat Buchanan: ‘Militant gays’ try to take me off air 70

    Buchanan said "militant gay rights groups" tried to "deny him speeches"

    11:07 AM — US political commentator Pat Buchanan has said "militant gay rights groups" and "people of colour" have been trying to take him off TV for "years and years and years", following his absence from the MSNBC network.

  • 11th January 2012

    Liberian Speaker rules out gay rights bills 32

    Tyler vetoed future bills on gay rights

    4:20 PM — The Speaker of Liberia's House of Representatives has said no gay rights bills will make progress during his tenure. The African state has a population of 3.8 million people and reportedly no gay rights organisations

  • 10th January 2012

    Netflix gay category missing from UK iPad and Xbox versions’ frontpages 31

    Netflix launched in the UK yesterday

    1:25 PM — The video-on-demand service Netflix, which offers users streaming films online, has left the gay category out of its new UK apps. PinkNews.co.uk readers have said when using the service on an Apple iPad and XBox 360, the films are there, but they cannot be found through a search for the word 'gay'.

  • Tabatha Coffey considers a New Jersey gay marriage ‘Takeover’ 12

    Tabatha Coffey says she may have to do a 'Takeover' of the New Jersey Governor's office to push marriage equality

    12:40 PM — If the New Jersey Governor vetoes marriage equality legislation this year, Tabatha Coffey says she is prepared to step in and take over in her trademark style.

  • Video: Gay Korean-American film among features at Sundance 8

    Two gay films to feature at Sundance

    10:44 AM — A film about a gay Korean man who yearns for a family - which the director used to come out to his own parents - will feature at this year's Sundance festival.

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